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    Default Giant Soviet Airplane

    The most amazing airplane in History....For the Airplane Buffs*.

    Built in Russia during the 1930s, it flew 11 times before crashing and
    killing 15 people.

    The designer, Konstantin Kalinin, wanted to build two more planes but the
    project was scrapped.

    Later, Stalin had Kalinin executed.

    Evidently, it was not good to fail on an expensive project under Stalin.

    It's got propellers on the back of the wings, too. You can count 12
    engines facing front.

    The size would be equivalent to the Empire State Building on its side.

    And you think the 747 was big... not only a bunch of engines but check out
    the cannons the thing was carrying.

    In the 1930s the Russian army was obsessed by the idea of creating huge planes.

    At that time they were proposed to have as many propellers as possible to
    help carry those huge flying fortresses into the air, jet propulsion has
    not been implemented yet.

    Not many photos were saved from those times because of the high secrecy
    levels of such projects and because a lot of time has already passed.

    Can you imagine what it would be like sitting in this thing when those cannons go off?

    Looks like something out of a Jules Verne novel
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    Holy crap Batman, that's a huge SOB!!!!!!! I've worked on 747's, and they're small potatos next to this thing. Would have been cool to fly on though. (Not crash)

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalinin_K-7
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    looks like it might have a weight problem--LOL!

    i wonder if all those naval cannons might not be mock ups?

    the USSR was big into propaganda back then.

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    The Russians have come up with many weird designs over the years, do some searches on Russian military aircraft , and you'll be amassed and entertained both, by what you'll see. Some were pretty neat but others are just ,,,"what were they thinking" kinda things!!!

    I think the long winters got to them,, not sure? But they certainly came up with many crazy and unique designs over the years, that's for Damn Sure!!!

    I've been a aircraft buff all my life and I sure have seen some interesting designs from there, even flown in a few that were produced.

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    I bet that thing would of been easy pickings for a German fighter pilot and probably would of been of little actual use. Sort of like the ME323 once Germany no longer controlled the skies.

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